The Lexus RX is a classic Toyota-backed luxury vehicle, a mid-size crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) released in America in 1998. It is known for many qualities, among them safety. In 2015 for instance the Lexus RX 350 scored a perfect 5 Stars overall in the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) crash tests. So the vehicle offers many qualities attractive to would-be buyers.
The Window Tintz team of experienced professionals then went to work making it even safer. Well maybe not from a “traffic” perspective — although reducing glare always helps the driver. But mainly we’re talking about the safety of the driver and passenger from the harmful sun and it’s rays, as well as from nosey passersby who may want to peek at the insides of your car when they have little reason to.
For this Lexus RX we recommended and then applied the LLumar Air 80 window tint film, a high-quality product offering excellent heat-rejection qualities as well as more than 99-percent protection from the sun’s UV rays. Air Blue 80 is a non-conductive ceramic technology film, offering 43-percent heat rejection, and properties resistant to scratches and corrosion. We applied the Air 80 on the front windows and front windshield, and the owner opted to leave factory tint on the rear window.
While the Air 80 is considered a “clear” tint, it still provides shade tint. It has a 78 percent Visible Light Transmittance (VLT), meaning it lets that much light through. In the end, it blocks about 22 percent of light coming in — on top of other significant reflective benefits.
Motorists can underestimate the importance of protection from the sides. Ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer, and if not cancer, certainly sunburns. And our arms are vulnerable in the front seats, especially if the drive is for more than a few minutes. This is ultra-sunny L.A., remember. This owner’s decision to go with the clear Air 80 was a wise one — they still get a bit of shading plus the full protection of the film, with hardly any disruption of the line of vision.
Above, Window Tintz technicians are meticulous and apply the most modern practices, such as applying heat to the edges to prevent future peeling. On too many window tint jobs in Los Angeles you see peeling or bubbling of shoddy tint jobs. Below, a great shot of the project near its end. You can see the side window ting as well as clear reflection off it.